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This page contains historical photos of Ontario's King's Highway 2 dating from 1919 to 1945. All photographs displayed on this page were taken by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, unless specifically noted otherwise. Historical photographs are arranged in approximate chronological order. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image!

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Page 1: Historical King's Highway 2 Photographs (1919 to 1945)


HWY 2 #143

Above - Kingston Road (Hwy 2) at Rouge Hill in Scarborough Township in 1919, prior to road reconstruction. An extensive regrading and reconstruction project in 1919-1920 greatly improved the highway's alignment at this location.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1919)





HWY 2 #28

Above - The Provincial Highway (later Hwy 2) between Ancaster and Brantford in 1919
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1919)





HWY 2 #61

Above - Grant Bros. Construction Co. laying asphalt on Hwy 2 east of Morrisburg (August, 1927)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2005)





HWY 2 #29             HWY 2 #30

Left - Whitby Subway on Hwy 2 before the pedestrian underpass was constructed in 1930
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1930)

Right - Whitby Subway on Hwy 2 showing the new pedestrian underpass (1930)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1930)





HWY 2 #37

Above - An early King's Highway 2 sign. This photograph was taken on Hwy 2 in August 1930, shortly after the re-designation of Ontario's Provincial Highways as "The King's Highways". This image may be the earliest photograph ever taken of a King's Highway Sign out on the road. Unfortunately, the exact location of this photograph and the identity of the gentleman standing next to the highway sign are unknown at this time.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer and location unknown)





HWY 2 #62

Above - Circa 1930 postcard view of the new Moira River Bridge on Bridge Street (Hwy 2 & Hwy 14) in Downtown Belleville. The new bridge officially opened to traffic on August 4, 1930. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of The International Fine Art Company Ltd, Montreal)





HWY 2 #31             HWY 2 #36

Left - Mixed macadam pavement on Hwy 2, 4 miles east of Cornwall (1930)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1930)

Right - Completed Paris Subway on Hwy 2 just west of the Hwy 5 Junction (1932)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1932)





HWY 2 #193

Above - Aerial view of the new traffic circle, high-level bridge and park at the Northwest Entrance to Hamilton in 1932. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo courtesy of Canadian Airmaps Ltd.)

The reconstruction of the Northwest Entrance to Hamilton resulted in a new route of Hwy 2 through the city. Until 1932, Hwy 2 continued straight into Downtown Hamilton across the high-level bridge concurrently with Hwy 6. When Longwood Road was extended from Westdale out to this location in the early 1930s, it created a scenic alternate route beside Cootes Paradise for through traffic to follow, which bypassed Downtown Hamilton altogether. In 1932, Hwy 2 was rerouted onto Longwood Road. A new traffic circle was built at the junction of Hwy 2 and Hwy 6 in conjunction with the new high-level bridge construction. This traffic circle remained in service for more than 30 years, handling every vehicle entering or leaving Hamilton on Hwy 2 & Hwy 6. Shortly after the completion of Hwy 403 between Burlington and Hamilton in 1963, the old Longwood Road connection to Hwy 6 (at right) was closed off and the traffic circle was subsequently removed. The route of Hwy 2 was then restored to its pre-1932 route via York Boulevard and Dundurn Street.





HWY 2 #195

Above - Approaching the new bridge over the Desjardins Canal on Longwood Road (Hwy 2) near Cootes Paradise near Hamilton (ca. 1932)
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 2 #32             HWY 2 #35

Left - "Tyton" Guard Rail beside Hwy 2 in Paris (1933)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1933)

Right - Widened four-lane pavement on Hwy 2 (Plains Road) west of Aldershot, facing east (1935)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1935)





HWY 2 #33             HWY 2 #34

Left - Looking west towards widened Etobicoke Creek Bridge on Hwy 2 (1935)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1935)

Right - Looking east towards widened 4-lane Etobicoke Creek Bridge on Hwy 2 (1935)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1935)





HWY 2 #1             HWY 2 #4

Left - New dual highway and sidewalk construction on Hwy 2, 3/4 mile east of Woodstock (1936)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)

Right - View of Hwy 2 in 1936, showing dual highway construction 2 miles east of Woodstock
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)





HWY 2 #5             HWY 2 #2

Left - New dual highway and sidewalk construction on Hwy 2, 1 mile east of Woodstock (1936)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)

Right - Facing west along Hwy 2 in Scarborough Township, showing grading for new dual highway, 2.1 miles east of the Hwy 5 Junction (1936)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)





HWY 2 #3             HWY 2 #6

Left - Facing east along Hwy 2 towards a rock cut west of the Scarborough Overhead, 4.3 miles east of the Hwy 5 Junction (1936)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1936)

Right - Newly-completed section of dual highway 1 mile west of Brockville on Hwy 2, facing east towards downtown (1937)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1937)





HWY 20 #63

Above - Circa 1937 photo of the distance sign at the exit from the old Honeymoon Bridge in Niagara Falls. This sign directed traffic to Hwy 8 and Hwy 20, which were the two main highway routes leaving Niagara Falls at that time. The completion of the Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls in 1940 greatly improved highway access to the rest of Ontario from the Niagara Peninsula. The distance sign seen here was removed after the ill-fated Honeymoon Bridge collapsed in 1938, when a winter ice jam on the Niagara River undermined the structure. The replacement Rainbow Bridge was completed a short distance downstream in 1941. Note the newly-completed Oakes Garden Theatre in the background, which still stands today at the corner of River Road and Clifton Hill. See an Enlarged Photo here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)





HWY 2 #7             HWY 2 #8

Left - New grade separation at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 east of Toronto (1938)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1938)

Right - Day view of the Cenotaph Interchange at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 east of Toronto (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 2 #19             HWY 2 #9

Left - New dual highway bridge on Hwy 2 over Highland Creek in Scarborough (1939)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)

Right - Night view of the Cenotaph Interchange at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 5 in 1939, showing new lighting system
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1939)





HWY 2 #194

Above - Dual highway (Hwy 2), 2 miles west of Brockville. Photo taken on November 14, 1939.
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1947)

This historic 1939 photo shows the divided section of Hwy 2 that was constructed between Butternut Bay and Brockville in 1936-1937. This was one of Ontario's earliest experiments in the construction of divided four-lane highways. This section of Hwy 2 near Brockville looks quite similar today, although the highway's median is now just a grass strip. The trees in the median were removed after this photo was taken in 1939 because they posed a collision hazard to highway traffic. See an Enlarged Photo here.





HWY 2 #192

Above - Postcard view of Hwy 2 approaching the Gananoque West Entrance Gate (ca. 1940)
(Photo courtesy of W.L. Prosser)





HWY 2 #20

Above - Panoramic view of the Kingston Traffic Circle at the junction of Hwy 2 & Hwy 33 (1942)
(Photo courtesy of Ontario Ministry of Transportation  -  © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1942)





HWY 2 #27

Above - Postcard view of King Street through Iroquois (ca. 1945). This portion of Hwy 2 was flooded in July 1958 to make way for the St. Lawrence Seaway project. While the buildings were all demolished, the roadway still exists. A present day view of this flooded stretch of Hwy 2 can be seen here.
(Photo from Cameron Bevers' historical photograph collection  -  Original photographer unknown)




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